New Basilan town gets schoolbuilding PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 September 2012 14:39

Hadji Mutahmad Municipal Mayor Anwar Abdulmajid and Basilan Gov. Jum Akbar last Saturday led officials in the inauguration of a school building and the Area Coordinating Center worth P11 million in the said municipality.

Abdulmajid told newsmen that funds for the said projects were appropriated by the USAID and implemented by the Army’s 104th Brigade under Col. Carlito Galvez in coordination with soldiers of the Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines.

Hadji Mutahmad is the newest created municipality in Basilan and up to now is not receiving its Internal Revenue Allotment from the national government.  
However, Abdulmajid in his message expressed elation that even without the IRA, he was able to look for ways for the realization of the projects that will benefit his constituents.

The mayor also thanked Gov. Akbar for allocating the mobilization funds as counterpart for the materialization of the two projects.

The municipality was created in 2007 as a result of the Autonomy Act approved by the Regional Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao and a House Bill filed by former Basilan Congressman Wahab Akbar in the House of Representatives.

After its creation, Abdulmajid was then appointed mayor and has been elected chief executive in the 2007 elections.

Hadji Mutahmad is composed of ten barangays and was the former bailiwick of the Moro National Liberation Front and Abu Sayaff, but Abdulmajid said
since he became mayor the municipality is now peaceful.

The mayor expressed hope more projects are forthcoming in his town that will benefit the people.

He said seven of the 10 communities have now their own mini boat landing sites to cater to the needs of the people majority whom are fishermen.

According to Abdulmajid, he is also coordinating with Akbar for the establishment of multipurpose halls in the other barangays.

“In behalf of my constituents I would like to thank Gov. Akbar, the Philippine Army and the United States for appropriating the funds for the realization of the projects,” Abdulmajid said. — RF